Reducing My Samples Stash – Oriflame Giordani Gold Mineral Therapy Foundation Natural Beige

Hi there! Today’s post is about Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Mineral Therapy Foundation in Natural Beige. I’ve had this sample for quite some time. And I haven’t been keen on giving this foundation a try. That’s because, based on my experience, those ‘natural beige’ shades are usually way too dark for me (I’m a pale redhead). However, I’m making an effort to use the products I already have – and that includes all those samples too!

Now onto the review! The first thing I noticed was that 3ml is a lot of product for a foundation sample. Wow! The second thing I noticed was that the shade of this liquid foundation wasn’t really a natural beige – it was more of an orangey shade. But that was OK. It was a Sunday, I didn’t have to go anywhere, and so I just applied the foundation…

Then I took a really close look in the mirror, and I was ready to wash my face again! My face looked orange – but that wasn’t even the main issue. The main issue was that this foundation didn’t provide any coverage at all. I didn’t even look like I was wearing make-up. I looked like I had slathered my face in carrot oil. Ridiculous!

But since I wanted to give this foundation a chance, I left it on for the entire day. I must say that I expected the foundation to settle into the fine lines, and I was sure it would highlight dry patches – but it didn’t. And it actually felt nice on my skin. Now, I make room for the possibility that I helped by not applying powder, but who knows? And who cares? I certainly don’t because this foundation doesn’t cover anything at all, so I wouldn’t buy it anyway!

Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Mineral Therapy Foundation has been renamed. It’s current name is Oriflame Giordani Gold Long Wear Mineral Foundation. It’s available as 30ml for £18.

I wouldn’t recommend… NYC Skin Matching Foundation 685 Fair

NYC Foundation22Hi there! Today’s post is about a foundation I’d never recommend – it’s NYC’s Skin Matching Foundation in 685 Fair.

I bought this foundation for £1 only. So I knew it wouldn’t be great. But I was hoping that it would be OK and that I would be able to wear it under my actual foundation – as a BB Cream or instead of a primer.

However, I’ve now binned the product. Here’s why.

First of all this shade is quite dark. I’ve seen foundations called ‘natural’ or ‘medium’ which were lighter. So this one isn’t for fair skin. In addition, I’m not sure why the product claims to adapt to skin tone – because it doesn’t.

The major problem with this foundation is that it’s not blendable. At first, it goes on streaky like a bad BB cream. And then you can’t blend / correct or touch this foundation with your fingers, a brush or a sponge – because it will flake immediately. 😦

I gave this foundation a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance (and so on). I tried to make it work with different moisturisers and beauty tools. But my efforts remained fruitless. This foundation just doesn’t work at all. And because of this I can’t even tell you anything about the coverage or whether it lasts long…

If you see this foundation at a bargain store, don’t be tempted – no matter how cheap it is. There’s a reason why this full-size foundation ended up on offer for £1 in the first place.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Make-Up 30 Sand, Dream Mousse Blush 01 Dolly Pink & Dream Mousse Eyecolor 10 Caramel Karma

Maybelline Mousse Samples2Hi there! My latest quest to finally use all those free samples filling up my drawers led me to Maybelline’s Dream Mousse products.

I didn’t do swatches because the samples didn’t contain much product. But I’ll tell you how these products fared anyway.

I applied Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse make-up in 30 Sand with my fingers. The foundation was easy to apply and it felt very nice on my skin. I think the coverage is quite impressive.

However, the product didn’t really work with my dry skin – it highlighted a big dry patch (the size of a 50p coin) which I didn’t even know I had. So I think this foundation is better suited to people with oily skin.

I didn’t care for Maybelline’s Dream Mouss blush in 01 Dolly Pink. The blush was much thinner than the foundation and I didn’t manage to apply it as evenly as I had hoped (I’ve never used a mousse blush before).

The good thing is that the blush can be wiped off or blended into the foundation easily, so mistakes can be corrected. However, the downside is that you really can wipe off the blush by accident. Also, this blush is glittery. And since it’s so very easily blendable, I looked like I had gold dust all over my face. This product is definitely not for me.

Maybelline’s Dream Mousse Eyecolor in 10 Caramel Karma fared better than the blush. The shade is a beautiful shimmery light brown which was easy to apply and blend. Unfortunately the mousse eyeshadow didn’t stick to my eyelids. So I ended up with lots of small brown flakes under my eyes and on my cheeks. I tried to wipe off those flakes – very carefully – but this started the unfortunate chain of events which made my face look like it was sprayed with gold dust.

I wouldn’t recommend any of these products to people with dry skin. However, I can see that these mousse products would work well for people with oily skin. In regards to the foundation, the coverage is very nice. I’m thinking of buying a full-size pot of foundation to see if I can somehow mix it with my much loved Pan Stik foundation this summer. 🙂

Essence Soft Touch Mousse Make-Up 04 Matt Ivory

Hi there! Today’s post is about Essence’s Soft Touch Mousse Make-Up. I chose the lightest shade – 04 Matt Ivory. Let me tell you right away that I didn’t like this foundation. That’s not because the product is horrendous (it’s not) – but because it doesn’t agree with my skin.

And many apologies for what the sticker on the lid looks like. I’ve had the foundation in my make-up bag for a while and it looks like it got beaten up by the other products in there. 😉

Essence Mousse MakeUpNow let me explain why this foundation didn’t work for me. I have dry skin and I suffer from eczema. My holy grail of make-up – Max Factor’s Pan Stik – often makes me forget that I have difficult skin.

Unfortunately Essence’s mousse foundation did the opposite. As soon as I had applied the foundation, I knew I’d have to redo my make-up. The mousse foundation highlighted a few dry patches which I hadn’t even noticed before. 😦

I also didn’t like that the lightest shade – Matt Ivory – was too dark for me. If you’d like a comparison: Essence’s Matt Ivory is a tad darker than Maybelline’s Ivory (mousse foundation). So if you look for a mousse foundation that’s lighter than Maybelline’s Light Porcelain, keep looking!

I can see that Essence’s Soft Touch Mousse Make-Up could work for women with oily skin. But if you have dry skin, I doubt this foundation will bring you any joy. If you’d like to try this foundation, it’s available for £3.80 at Wilko’s.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Olay Total Effects CC Cream Complexion Corrector

Olay Total Effects CC CreamHi there! Some of you may remember that I’m a total Olay nut – so it was only natural that I picked up Olay’s CC Cream Complexion Corrector when I found it for half price.

I’ve read dozens of reviews about this product after I bought it, and a lot of reviewers said that they didn’t like this moisturiser, so I was hesitant to try it.

However, I tried it and I like it! And here’s why: Olay’s CC Cream feels smooth and silky on my skin, and it moisturises very well. As someone with dry skin I’m very happy with this product, but I can see that women with oily skin might prefer a lighter moisturiser.

I think Olay’s CC Cream is a great base for make-up and it also doubles as a primer which saves time and money! I’m very happy about this.

Saying this, I understand why some of the reviewers didn’t like this moisturiser. I have to say that it’s difficult to apply this CC cream evenly. So I usually end up with a few darker patches on my face. Because of this I wouldn’t recommend this CC Cream if you don’t intend to wear make-up on top of it.

However, if you use a foundation after moisturising and if you don’t have oily skin, you’ll love the result! I think that Olay’s CC Cream really makes my make-up last longer. I guess it’s the rich, moisturising formula that helps make-up hold on to dry skin.

In summary, I’m very happy with this product and I’m sure I’ll buy it again. This CC Cream feels amazing on my skin, it smells nice and it’s got SPF 15 – what’s not to like?

If you’d like to try Olay’s Total Effects CC Cream Complexion Corrector, it’s £14.99 at the big supermarket’s and drugstores. I got my bottle for half price, so I recommend you compare prices online before buying. 😉

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Yves Rocher Youthful Glow Foundation

Hi there! I received a sample of Yves Rocher’s Youthful Glow Foundation Beige 200 Teint Clair.  This foundation contains smoothing pearls wrapped in rose extracts which are said to have an ‘optical correction’ effect for smoother and more radiant skin.
YR Youthful Glow Foundation
I have to say that this foundation feels incredibly smooth and silky. The foundation is buildable, provides medium coverage and does not gather in fine lines. The shade is a natural beige with yellow undertones. Whilst this shade is way too dark for my skin tone, I cannot find any faults with this foundation and would strongly recommend it, especially if you’re looking for a foundation that does not highlight fine lines or wrinkles.

If you would like to give Yves Rocher’s Youthful Glow Foundation a try, it is available as 30 ml for £29. It’s rather expensive, but Yves Rocher does half price and BOGOF offers all the time. 🙂

Mrs Strawberry Blonde

Max Factor Pan Stik 12 True Beige, 25 Fair

Hi there! Let’s talk foundation. I’ve been using many different foundations over the years and I’ve always been on the hunt for something better – until I discovered the incredible Max Factor Pan Stik. I’m using two different shades at the moment – 25 Fair and 12 True Beige. (Scroll down for swatches – unblended and blended.)

Max Factor Pan Stik 15

25 Fair is my go-to shade for most of the year. It’s supposed to be the lightest shade, but it can look orange if you apply too much. 12 True Beige is a beautiful soft beige and I use it as my winter foundation.

The Pan Stik has the most incredible coverage. It covers everything – redness, sun spots, acne… you name it. But it’s no surprise since the Pan Stik was originally developed as a stage make-up almost 100 years ago.

Some say ‘it’s a concealer’, but it’s not. You can use it as a concealer if you want to, but the Pan Stik is a foundation.

I apply the product by ‘drawing it on’ my face. A couple of strokes on my cheeks, chin, forehead, under my eyes… and then I blend it with my fingers.

Two minutes later my face looks basically flawless. However, I then use a sponge to give my foundation the perfect finish and to make sure there aren’t any fingerprints on my face.

My skin is very dry, so I don’t need to apply powder. Ever. This foundation simply lasts all day on me.

I would recommend to use powder if you have normal skin, but I wouldn’t really recommend the Pan Stik if you have oily skin.

Still, if you have dry skin (even with several dry patches) and want full coverage, the Pan Stik is for you.

I also don’t think that the Pan Stik looks cakey at all if it’s applied the way it should be (with fingers, then blended out with a sponge) on dry or normal skin.

While it’s obvious that I am wearing make-up, my face looks simply flawless. I don’t look airbrushed, and I don’t look like I ‘towelled it on’. Thanks to the Pan Stik, I look like someone who has great skin and only needs a light foundation – even though my skin is not great at all and the foundation is very rich. 🙂

And I love that my faces looks dewy. Yes, I have dry skin with dry patches. For years I’ve envied other women whose faces looked dewy because I thought my skin could never look like theirs no matter which foundation I’d use. But thanks to the Pan Stik, my dry skin looks dewy!

The incredible Max Factor Pan Stik is available for around £7.99, but there’s usually a 3 for 2 offer at the two big drugstores.

Mrs Strawberry Blonde